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Fears of Civil War in Sudan as Fierce Clashes Erupt, Egyptian Soldiers Taken Captive

Significant clashes have taken place today between the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Paramilitary group, which the military has declared a rebel force. Explosions and gunfire sounded throughout the capital, Khartoum, as each sides soldiers opened fire upon each other. Reportedly, Sudans airforce launched strikes against RSF positions in and around Khartoum.

 

The RSF’s leader, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, has issued threats to the Sudanese leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, saying “We know where you are hiding and we will get to you and hand you over to justice, or you die just like any other dog”.

 

In response, General al-Burhan has stated if the RSF does not turn their troops back, he will deploy a much heavier military presence to Khartoum.

Reportedly, the RSF has raided and captured the Egyptian Merowe airbase within the country, capturing a number of Egyptian soldiers as well as several Egyptian MiG-29 Fighter Jets.

 


Captured Egyptian planes and soldiers


Many commercial flights to the nation have been turned back and suspended. One Saudi Arabian plane was involved in an “accident” when it attempted to land in Sudan, before turning back to Riyadh, though it has not been said what the accident in question is. The Saudi government released a statement on the aircraft.


The Saudi Statement.

Clashes between the RSF and the government appear to have erupted after a breakdown in negotiations pursuing a final agreement that would see the nation gradually return to democracy. Civilian groups and the government were already in agreement, and the deal was supposed to be signed twice by now, but has continually been delayed. It’s delay is caused by the question of integration of the RSF into the Sudanese military, whether or not to do it and if so, how. The RSF is headed by Sudan’s second-in-command, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

International observers have called for a ceasefire as the nation threatens to once again boil over into civil war. The government has had a series of coups over the last number of years, with the present government only being in power since 2021.

US ambassador John Godfrey has states himself and his staff are sheltering at the embassy and is calling for calm, along with the African Union, the EU, the Arab League, and many others.

 

Clashes are centred in Khartoum, but have broken out in other places across the country.

Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray
Sébastien is a published journalist and historicist with over six years of experience in freelance journalism and research. His primary expertise is in African conflict and politics, with additional specialization in Israeli/Palestinian and Armenia/Azerbaijan conflicts. Sébastien serves as the deputy desk chief for Africa.

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